John Mellencamp Close Enough

I may not be a pillar in my town

Or have the kind of job you think that I should.

I know you see me out running around with a couple of people

You think are no good.

I’ve tried to clean it up a couple of times, but I’m a

Backslidin’ fool when it comes to walkin’ that line.

It’s OK. You think you’re better than me.

Yeah, that’s all right, girl, that’s all right.

[Chorus:]

‘Cause I’m close enough for rock and roll,

Close enough for rock and roll,

Close enough for rock and roll.

I’m close enough for a little rock and roll.

Yeah, it’s true, I don’t plan my time.

When you’re lookin’ for me, I’m hard to find.

I know you don’t wanna run around with me.

With my socks fallin’ down, girl, I’m just poor company.

I’ve seen your face, and it’s a one-eyed jack.

We like to talk about this or that.

None of these things really interest me.

Hey, that’s all right, girl, that’s all right.

[Chorus:]

‘Cause I’m close enough for rock and roll,

Close enough for rock and roll,

Close enough for rock and roll.

I’m close enough for a little rock.

I know you think I’m a rough cut, baby.

I ain’t as rough cut as I am the blood on your hands.

Gonna love that blood right off of your hands.

[Chorus:]

Yeah, that’s all right, girl, that’s all right.

Close enough for rock and roll,

Close enough for rock and roll,

Close enough for rock and roll.

I’m close enough for a little rock and roll.

John Mellencamp Dance Naked

I want you to dance naked

So I can see you

I’d like to get to know you

You don’t have to act naughty

Spin it round and round

Spin it round and round and round

I want you to dance naked

I promise I won’t touch you

I promise to tell no one, no

I want you to dance naked

Spin it round and round

Spin it round and round and round

Spin it round and round

I want you to dance naked

If you like I’ll join you

I want to enjoy your body

I want to hear all your secrets

I want to know if you like me

As much as I like you

I want you to dance naked

But only if you want to

Spin it round and round

Spin it round and round and round

Spin it round and round

I want you to dance naked

So I can see you

I’d like to get to know you

But only if you want to

Spin it round and round

Spin it round and round and round

Spin it round and round

Spin it round and round and round

I want you to dance naked

John Mellencamp American Dream

I had a face so cute made a young girl cry

And I could blow ’em away with just a wink of my eye

I got all dolled up on a Saturday night

Can’t find a lady so I’ll start a fight

Hey but ain’t that the American Dream

But at School the young boys would assemble down in the parking lot

And we spoke of the homecoming queen and all the goodies she’s got

Well those stories would choke a semi

And every dare was do or die

Hey but ain’t that the American Dream

[Bridge:]

Well I grew up believin’ I could do what I wanted to do

When I got a little older I found that it just wasn’t true

There’s gotta be a place for me

Where I can out-be just what I want to be

Hey but ain’t that the American Dream

Some of the girls are out teaching high school biology

And all of my boyfriends they work down at Cummmins factory

But me I’m still out on the streets trying to locate some destiny

Hey but ain’t that the American Dream

[Bridge]

John Mellencamp Hit The Road Jack

Ah, ah, ah, ah, hey hey hey, yeah

Ah, ah, ah, ah, hey hey hey, yeah

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more

Hit that road Jack and don’t you come back no more

I said baby baby don’t treat me so mean

Your the meanest old woman that I ever seen

I guess if you say so I’m gonna have to pack my things and go

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no

More

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, yea

Ah, ah, ah, ah, hu-huh, hey hey hey

Ah, ah, ah, ah, uh-huh, hey hey hey

I said baby baby don’t treat me this way

I’ll get back on my feet someday

I don’t care if you do, your just no good

You ain’t had no good loving and ….

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, yeah, yeah

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more

Ah, ah, ah, ah, hey hey hey

Ah, ah, ah, ah, hey hey hey

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more

Hit that road Jack and don’t you come back no more, yeah

John Mellencamp Days Of Farewell

Be careful How you walk

These days are evil Look how you talk

I hear there are people that are listening

This mystery Is up to you

So you be careful What you do

I know There are people who are wondering

These are the days of farewell

Halfway undecided That’s our peace That’s our peace

Be careful The friends you keep

He might not really Be your friend

He belongs To the wishing and the wandering

Be careful Too much at stake

You don’t want ever To be wronged

Don’t you ever Let the dirty business make you clean

These are the days of farewell

Halfway undecided That’s our peace Amen Amen

Glory be to God I will bless the Lord at all times

His words shall continually be in my mouth with praise

For I am here today ’cause He said that I would live

There’s no reason why HIV shouldn’t have missed my daughter and my life

But it did Through the eyes of God, he saw fit for me to be here

I will praise the Lord at all times

As we live in the last days the Devil will always be up under my feet

And I will praise his name

Hallelujah

Don’t you pretend To be something

That you are not Hear me my friend

I’ll tell you what I know It will only sicken you

Let us be grateful For what you’ve got

Help me to know What I am not

Of my friend There are people who are wondering

These are the days of farewell

It’s undecided It’s undecided

Oh my friend Oh my friend Oh my friend

My friend My friend My friend

It’s undecided

Too much Too much Too Much

Too much at stake for you and me

John Mellencamp China Girl

China girl, I met you on the sea sand.

You touched me with your cool hand.

Your perfume’s in the wind.

China girl, your daddy tells you white lies

To keep you from by blue eyes.

To know me is no sin.

[Chorus:]

And I won’t break you, China girl,

If you take me into your world.

It’s been my good fortune to find you,

China girl.

Stolen flowers are sweetest in the mornin’.

The Eastern sun is dawnin’.

Your silk’s against my skin.

China girl, take me to your jasmine place.

Cool me with your subtle grace.

To know me is no sin.

[Chorus:]

And I won’t break you, China girl,

If you take me into your world.

It’s been my good fortune to find you,

China girl.

John Mellencamp Great Mid-West

Everything is slower here, everybody’s got a union card

They get up on Sunday and go to church of their choice

Come back home cook out in the backyard

And they call this the Great Midwest

Where the cornfields row and flow

They’re all 5 years ahead of their time

Or 25 behind, I just don’t know

All the young men talk about their 4 wheel drives

And how much money they’re gonna make on Friday night

And, they like to brag about how they mistreat their girlfriends

Hey, let’s get drunk, party it up, start a fight

And they call this the Great Midwest

Sure make a hell of a car

And the old hearts, they race their way through the night

The upheaval of who they really are

Growin’ up under normal conditions, television and radio

That’s just about all of this whole world

That any of us get to see, get to know

And they call this the Great Midwest

Where you sacrifice your body and soul

And no one really wants to get even

Most of us find it hard enough just lettin’ go

Don’t get me wrong I ain’t complaining

I ain’t braggin’ nor do I mean to place blame

That’s just the way things are around here

And there’s a future carryin’ my name on it

Sayin’ hey man, you gonna stick around here you better get on it

If you’re gonna stick around here you better make yourself some real good friends

Well I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth

So I can’t talk about the big city life

But if you wanna talk about bein’ bored and runnin’

Away from yourself, hell I talk to you all night

And they call this the Great Midwest

Where livin’ is just gettin’ by

And people trade in their happiness

For a smokestack, a big money deal in the sky